Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Tao, Mingjiang


Hydraulic fracturing is currently at the forefront of energy debates around the country. It has the potential to help enhance the acquisition of natural gas, but may also pose risks to the environment if not done correctly. In an effort to help understand the issue, we have conducted extensive research on the possible impacts, benefits, and risks in regards to hydraulic fracturing. In accordance with the resulting information presented in this report, an evaluation system was created, and concluded that with proper regulations and procedures the benefits of hydraulic fracturing outweigh the potential environmental impacts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering